Sophomore Convocation offers a glimpse of the future of Harvard engineering

first_imgThe fifth annual Sophomore Convocation offered new concentrators of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) a sense of unity in the midst of a virtual world.Held via Zoom, the program featured words of advice and encouragement for sophomores from a group of diverse and distinguished alumni, and concluded with a virtual tour of the new (and now partially occupied) Science and Engineering Complex led by Dean Frank Doyle.In welcoming the SEAS Class of 2023, which is comprised of 292 students (21 percent of Harvard College sophomores), Doyle remarked on the diversity of this year’s group. Forty-five percent of new SEAS concentrators are women — far above the 22 percent national average for engineering schools, according to the American Society for Engineering Education. More than 23 percent are underrepresented minorities, also ahead of the 16.5 percent national average.“We are committed to making SEAS an open and welcoming environment to all students,” said Doyle, who has made Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging a school-wide priority.Doyle’s introduction was followed by a keynote speech from R. Martin Chavez A.B. ’85, S.M. ’85, a biochemical sciences concentrator who concurrently earned a master’s degree in computer science, and serves as president of the Board of Overseers.Chavez shared his unexpected journey from being a teenage computer nerd in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to attending Harvard and then medical school at Stanford University, to eventually serving as chief information officer at Goldman Sachs.He advised the students to be open to different possibilities and explore the many opportunities Harvard offers, especially liberal arts courses outside their areas of focus.“Harvard stretched me out way beyond anything I ever thought I would be — I thought I was just a computer geek — and that was what made all the difference. So I would implore you to take advantage of that,” he said.That sentiment was echoed by a panel of alumni who emphasized the experiences that enriched their educations and helped set them on paths for success in their careers.For Linsey Marr ’96, an engineering sciences concentrator who is the Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, the breadth of her engineering education has been invaluable. She recalled redesigning a dorm room lamp to work with a fluorescent light bulb as a senior project, and how that experience inspired curiosity that she draws upon in her research on the release, transformation, fate, and toxicity of nanomaterials in the atmosphere.“That seemed like an obvious thing to do, but hadn’t been done,” she said. “And that was something I carried with me throughout my career, problems that seem to be obvious, like transmission of disease, but haven’t been looked at from a fundamental perspective.”The community at SEAS, and especially time spent collaborating with peers during office hours, was important for Alisa Luu ’15, a computer science concentrator who is senior engineering lead at Nava. She remains in touch with friends she made through Women in Computer Science.“Conversations with other students about big ideas was such a great part of college, and it is something that you don’t really get outside. Everybody in my blocking group came from a different concentration, so we had a wide range of different perspectives,” she said. “Being at Harvard gave us this hope that we could change the world. I still think about that.”Morgan Pope ’11, an engineering sciences concentrator who works as a research scientist at Disney, encouraged the sophomores to join a SEAS lab to build up technical skills and experience cutting-edge science firsthand. The School will offer a virtual research showcase on Feb. 11 for undergraduates to learn from faculty, postdocs, and grad students about opportunities to work in SEAS labs.“They are doing so much fun stuff, and aside from the quality of the research, that is a way for you to get a taste of what engineering is like,” Pope said. “You won’t get that from your classes in the same way.”The panelists also discussed the importance of increasing diversity, at SEAS and in their own industries.Kayla Shelton ’13, a mechanical engineering concentrator who works as construction manager for the City of Detroit, reflected on the anxiety she felt after the Boston Marathon bombing. As a Black woman, she was afraid to leave her dorm room while the police manhunt was unfolding for fear she would be targeted because of her race.The University and U.S. society still have a lot of work to do, Shelton said, but she has been encouraged to see the climate start to shift as more people become aware of implicit bias and systemic racism, and demand change.“It has been really nice to see colleagues being really aware of their privilege and being able to reach out to see how they can help. I’ve seen how people have really come together at a time like this, and how different it has been since I was in undergrad,” she said.For Ben Zauzmer ’15, an applied math concentrator who is director of baseball analytics at the New York Mets, issues of diversity, inclusion, and belonging are top-of-mind as the looks to grow his analytical team. Zauzmer advised students to be aware of how they can play an active role in fighting systemic racism as leaders at companies and institutions.“With the blessing of a Harvard degree, you are going to be in positions of hiring and promoting as you move through your careers,” he said. “Take these issues very seriously and think very hard about them. It is not everyone in this world who is fortunate enough to be able to make a difference. It is something to take as a serious responsibility because it is the right thing to do.”After the panel had a chance to reflect on their past experiences, Doyle showed alumni and students alike what the future of the SEAS student experience will look like as he gave a guided tour of the Science and Engineering Complex.He reflected on the sheer size of the building, and the many opportunities it provides for collaboration and hands-on learning, as he made stops in atriums, classrooms, engineering labs, makerspaces, and a cafeteria. As he walked through the building, the Zoom chat buzzed with excitement, and smiley face emojis, as students shared their thoughts on the shiny, new space.“We’re going to be very excited to have you join us when it is safe to do so. I look forward to welcoming you to the SEAS family,” Doyle said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Canada’s Porter Airlines’ inaugural flight lands in Vermont

first_imgPorter Airlines Flight 987 landed at Burlington International Airport Thursday afternoon, marking the first international commercial flight from Toronto to Vermont and the first regularly scheduled international service to BTV in nearly 30 years. Governor Peter Shumlin, US Consul General Kevin M Johnson and Porter Airlines president and CEO Robert Deluce were present at Heritage Aviation to greet guests of the inaugural flight. Porter’s international service to Vermont is a new, public-private initiative that offers visitors from Canada easy access to Vermont and to some of the state’s best skiing and riding this winter. ‘Vermont’s partnership with Porter is a win-win for Vermont, Ontario, our tourism industry and local ski areas,’ Shumlin said. ‘Porter Airlines’ new service will provide convenient access between Toronto and Vermont and expand two-way trade, investment and tourism to help grow our economy.’ A team of state officials and business leaders traveled to Toronto earlier today on a business mission to promote tourism and economic development, and returned on the inaugural flight to Vermont with Canadian and Porter officials. Vermont Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Lawrence Miller, Vermont Ski Areas Association President Parker Riehle, Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing Megan Smith and local business leaders gathered at the residence of Consul General Johnson in Toronto. The Vermont delegation met with their Ontario counterparts, including city mayors and elected officials, economic development directors from the Toronto area, the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, Canadian Association of Importers & Exporters and the Toronto Board of Trade. ‘The new direct flight to Burlington, Vermont, from Toronto, Canada, on Porter Air will open up many more opportunities for tourism, trade and investment between Vermont and Ontario,’ said Consul General Johnson. ‘This comes just in time for ski season, but we’re hoping to expand links between Ontario and Vermont and the rest of New England across sectors and in all seasons.  On December 7, the President and PM Harper announced action plans to improve links between the two biggest trading partners in the world, the US and Canada.  New connections such as these flights help link Ontario more closely to Vermont and New England, something we know business, economic development officials and average citizens will take advantage of.’ Forty-eight Canadian-owned companies in Vermont employ more than 1,500 people. Examples of cross-border connections are Ontario-based Husky Injection Molding Systems, one of Vermont’s larger employers, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc, headquartered in Vermont, which recently acquired Toronto-based Timothy’s Coffees of the World. If the initial winter service is popular, it is anticipated that Porter will consider adding more flights in winter and other seasons. Currently, Porter provides twice-weekly roundtrip flights — Thursday and Sunday — from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Burlington until April 8. ‘Burlington is a gateway for Porter passengers to experience some of Vermont’s best ski-hills, a vibrant community and a host of other local attractions,’ said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. ‘We’re delighted to be here today celebrating the first of many successful flights.’ ‘Burlington International Airport is very pleased to welcome this new service.  International service is a real opportunity for the airport and the state and is an important focus for BTV.  To see service develop so quickly is terrific and required a truly collaborative effort.  We are proud to be a part of such a focused team working efficiently to make this service a reality,’ said Bob McEwing, Interim Director at the Airport.  ‘It is important to thank all of the stakeholders, and especially the team at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, for focusing on a common goal and achieving it.’ Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders and Congressman Welch wrote to Porter Airlines last summer inviting them to begin service between Toronto and Burlington.  This fall, the lawmakers worked with the airport and other stakeholders to iron out details surrounding clearing international visitors at the airport. The Burlington schedule includes weekly roundtrips on Thursdays and Sundays, with the exception of long weekends, which offer Thursday and Monday roundtrip options. Regular one-way fares start as low as $109, plus applicable fees and taxes. Special Porter ski packages and shuttle bus service for Jay Peak, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort and Sugarbush Resort are available. For more information, visit www.skivermont.com/flyporter(link is external).Funding for this international travel initiative is equal parts public and private funding.  The state’s Global Trade Fund will invest nearly $200,000.  Participating Vermont ski areas will invest $75,000 to market the new Toronto air route. Burlington International Airport will make structural upgrades and waive fees and rents as part of the project. VSAA, Tourism Department 12.15.2011last_img read more

Loan Zone: Dealing with dealer problems

first_imgWhat to do when you need to end an indirect relationship.by: E. Andrew KeeneyThe indirect lending market for car loans is heating up, but unfortunately problems with dealers are inevitably part of the equation. A credit union’s decision to end an indirect lending contract may be influenced by one or more of the following dealer actions:failure to timely record a security interest for the credit union;falsifying loan documentation;failure to provide a reasonably efficient business environment (too many applications that do not result in loans);failure to pay the appropriate fees to the credit union in a timely fashion;making radical changes in its business model or financial statement;trying to get the credit union to approve applications not up to the institution’s underwriting standards; andrepeated or frequent complaints from credit union members about the dealer’s sales practices.What’s a credit union to do? Here are two proactive steps that hopefully you took before you started working with the dealership, and one reactive step you can take. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How credit unions can help members spend smarter this holiday season

first_imgHave you blown your holiday spending budget yet? Are you trying to scale back this year? Or are you going all out with gifts because you’ve finally escaped the recession’s lingering grasp?Whatever your position is with holiday spending, it’s always a hot topic this time of year. That said, we invited CUNA’s Chief Economist and Chief Policy Officer Bill Hampel for his take on 2015 spending trends and how credit unions can lead the way in helping members be a bit more wise in their shopping habits so they’re not trapped with holiday debt well into 2016. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Practice year-round advocacy

first_imgCapitol Hill isn’t the only place where we, as a unified credit union movement, must meet and discourse with our elected officials.In fact, this summer presented a host of opportunities to connect with lawmakers and get in their ears about credit union priorities.It began during the two national party conventions. Working closely with the Ohio Credit Union League and Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, both of which led inspiring fundraising efforts, we created two leave-behind projects that not only will have a lasting effect on the host cities but also raise credit unions’ standing among lawmakers.Along with two widely attended public forums on the middle class, these efforts gave CUNA, leagues, and member credit unions an unmistakable presence at the national conventions.These events involved hundreds of lawmakers who, thanks to our work, left the conventions with a stronger sense of the importance of credit unions in their communities. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

MRT Jakarta commences phase 2 construction amid COVID-19 outbreak

first_imgCity-owned transportation company PT MRT Jakarta commenced construction of phase 2 of the Jakarta MRT project last week, after a three-month delay due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the capital.MRT Jakarta, the operator of the country’s first subway service, officially commenced construction of a 2.8-kilometer underground tunnel from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle (Bundaran HI) to the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta – known as stage CP201 – a city official has said.“On June 15, work commenced on MRT phase 2. We have issued a letter to the contractor, and the CP201 stage has started with the mobilization of workers,” the company’s president director William Sabandar said recently. A total of 2,000 workers will be gradually deployed to the construction site for CP201, he added.The physical construction of CP201 is expected to take place next year.The firm deferred the commencement of work on CP201 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, having pushed it back from the initial March commencement with completion expected by December 2024. MRT Jakarta now expects the contract package to be concluded by March 2025.With the outbreak yet to ebb in the capital, William assured that the company would implement all the necessary health protocols during construction. Among them is to uphold the contractor’s responsibility to ensure workers remain safe throughout their stay in Jakarta. “We will take a ‘business beyond normal’ approach. We’ll no longer be able to work on projects like we used to during the first phase,” he said, adding that office work would make use of more digital technology to reduce physical interactions.During the three months of down time, both the company and the contractor had prepared for the commencement of work with field surveys, soil investigation, relocation of utilities, design completion and continuing the permit application process, MRT Jakarta construction director Silvia Halim said.“We also ensured our readiness to implement health protocols,” she said recently.Phase 2 of the MRT’s development will see the construction of seven underground stations, extending 6.3 kilometers from Bundaran HI to Kota in West Jakarta.Stage CP201 proceeds alongside construction of other phase 2 stages, namely Harmoni-Mangga Besar (CP202) and Glodok-Kota (CP203), as well as the construction of railway systems and track work (CP205) and the procurement of rolling stock (CP206).The firm has completed stage CP200, which was the construction of an electric receiving substation (RSS) at Monas.William said the deferral would not affect the continuation of the project because the Indonesian government and the Japanese government, through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), had signed a deal for a loan worth Rp 22.5 trillion (US$1.59 billion) to fund phase 2.However, as the loan will only cover the Bundaran HI-Kota route, the firm is seeking additional funding to continue the construction from Kota to West Ancol, where the train depot is located.He said the central government would request additional funding from JICA to complete the line up to the MRT Jakarta depot, which is phase 2B. The project’s value has yet to be revealed, pending feasibility studies.During phase 2 construction, MRT Jakarta will simultaneously build transit-oriented-developments (TOD) in its stations. The company is attempting business-to-business (B2B) cooperation to gain funding to develop the integrated services, William said.  Since its launch last year, the MRT has seen a dramatic drop in ridership since the Jakarta administration imposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the MRT saw an average of 100,000 daily passengers. This number has declined sharply, with an average of just 2,000 daily passengers during PSBB.With the city administration beginning to ease restrictions, the MRT recorded an increase of up to 17,000 passengers in mid-June.Topics :last_img read more

Euthanasia referendum: ‘THE SAFEGUARDS ARE INADEQUATE’

first_imgEuthanasia referendum: All you need to know about what your vote meansNZ Herald 25 April 2020Family First Comment: “The safeguards are inadequate, the principle is unsound. And I think underneath all of this is a frightening fear of what it is to be disabled. People say ‘I don’t want to be wiped, I don’t want to drool, to be dependent. To me, that’s saying ‘I don’t want to be you’. I have a huge problem with that.”#rejeactassistedsuicide Protect.org.nzWhat are the arguments against?Many of the arguments against euthanasia also came from deeply personal experiences, including people with debilitating conditions who had recovered to live a long, fulfilling life.One of the main concerns raised by opponents was that a law change would make disabled and elderly people more vulnerable. They could be pressured into ending their lives, possibly by family members who were exhausted by looking after them, fed up with the costs of care or medicine, or who wanted their inheritance earlier.Older or disabled people could feel a “duty to die” because they believed they were a burden on their families.Anti-euthanasia groups said it was simply not possible to safeguard against abuse or wrongful death. Protections which might seem strong in theory had never been tested by the realities of underfunded health systems or stressed families.Governments could use assisted dying to save health costs. And euthanasia could worsen existing discrimination against poorer or Maori and Pacific families.Another common argument was the slippery slope, which is mostly based on the experience in the Netherlands and Belgium, where euthanasia was extended to younger people after initially being limited to adults. Opponents say broader laws may not need Parliamentary approval, and instead could be gained through a court challenge.There was concern about the absence of a stand-down period between first deciding to get euthanasia and when it can occur. “It would be possible for a person to receive a diagnosis of terminal illness on a Wednesday, gain the necessary approvals under the bill that same day, and be dead before the weekend,” said National MP Chris Penk, one of the bill’s most vocal opponents.Some doctors objected to the change, saying it went against their core principle of not doing harm. They were also concerned about how difficult it was to accurately predict when a person might die, and the potential for misdiagnosis.Some felt that the law change went against the Maori worldview, in which care and respect is shown for elderly and sick people and life and wairua are valued. Religious groups argued that life was sacred and that only God should decide life or death.How does it compare to other countries?New Zealand would become the sixth country in the world to legalise euthanasia or assisted dying. Several states in the United States and Victoria in Australia have also legalised.New Zealand’s legislation is stricter than in the Netherlands and Belgium. The Netherlands allows people as young as 12 to request assisted dying, and it is available to non-terminal patients. Belgium has no age limit for children, but they must have a terminal illness to qualify.Canada and the state of Victoria have similar regimes to New Zealand, limiting euthanasia to terminal people with six months to live – though Victoria extends that threshold to 12 months if the person has a degenerative neurological condition. Both Canada and Victoria also have stronger safeguards than New Zealand, because they require written confirmation from witnesses that a person is expressing their free will.Victoria and some US states also have a “cooling off” period, or minimum time between a person deciding to die and when it can occur.The Ministry of Justice has not done any analysis on how many people might apply for euthanasia if it were legalised. In a comparable jurisdiction, Victoria, demand far exceeded expectations. It was predicted that one person a month would choose to end their life, and since it has been introduced the rate has been closer to two a week.‘THE SAFEGUARDS ARE INADEQUATE’As an Anglican priest and disability advocate, Dr John Fox has been at a few deathbeds.“I know what disabled life and disabled death looks like and the fairly severe sense of vulnerability that one has,” he said.Fox, from Christchurch, will vote against the euthanasia referendum this year, saying it puts disabled people and others at risk.“The safeguards are inadequate, the principle is unsound. And I think underneath all of this is a frightening fear of what it is to be disabled.“People say ‘I don’t want to be wiped, I don’t want to drool, to be dependent. To me, that’s saying ‘I don’t want to be you’. I have a huge problem with that.”The 37 year-old has a painful neuromuscular condition called spastic hemiplegia, and believes this would have qualified him for assisted dying under the originally drafted End of Life Choice Act. Eligibility for assisted dying in the legislation has now been narrowed to terminal patients with six months to live.Fox said no matter how strict the safeguards were, legalising euthanasia meant that there was a fundamental shift to accepting that some lives were “not worth protecting”.If the circumstances were extreme enough, anyone could understand why euthanasia could work in principle, he said.“But we’re not talking about a thought experiment in a philosophy class. What we’re talking about is an actual category of people and it will be applied down at Middlemore Hospital in real life, in a place where funding is short, where there are bureaucrats and forms and power dynamics and difficulties.”Even if he were not religious, he would oppose the bill on moral grounds.“What I would ask people to think about is what disabled life and death is worth. My position is that if you wouldn’t do it to a rugby player, if you don’t do it to Dan Carter, you shouldn’t do it to me.”READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12318255 (behind paywall)last_img read more

Andrew J. Pennington, 90, Laurel

first_imgAndrew Jackson Pennington, age 90, of Laurel, Indiana died Monday, January 7, 2019 at his residence in Laurel.Born March 5, 1928 in Clay County, Kentucky he was one of fifteen children born to the late Jesse & Nancy (Tincher) Pennington.He was retired having worked for much of his life as a mechanic. He was a charter member of the Buena Baptist Church. In his leisure time he enjoyed working on cars, camping & boating on the Ohio river, and raising mules.Survivors include five daughters, Linda Kaster of Shelbyville, Indiana, Donna (George Ellis) Cowan of Laurel, Indiana, Gail Pennington of Rushville, Indiana, Sandra (Kelly) Gay of London, Kentucky, and Andrea (Danny) Coker of Connersville, Indiana; two sisters, Ruby Hurley of Idaho and Ruth Ann (Edward) Randolph of Fresno, California; a brother, Dale (Marilyn) Pennington of Rushville, Indiana, 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 11 brothers.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 8:00 P.M. on Monday, January 14, 2019 at Buena Southern Missionary Baptist Church, 25220 Chapel Road, Laurel, Indiana.Rev. Rob Edwards will officiate the Funeral Services on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 11:00 A.M. at Buena Southern Missionary Baptist Church; burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery in Rush County, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Buena Southern Missionary Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Pennington family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Tokyo 2020 to power Olympic torch with hydrogen for first time

first_imgRelatedPosts If we don’t have Tokyo Games, we’re unlikely to have Beijing 2022 — IOC member Tokyo 2020: Olympics will be ‘simplified’ in 2021 COVID-19: IOC to bear $800m cost of Tokyo 2020 postponement Hydrogen will be used for the first time to power the Olympic torch during its journey through Japan, organisers said on Monday, as part of Tokyo 2020’s efforts to hold an environmentally friendly Games. Organisers aim to offset all carbon emissions generated during the Games and also use the Olympics to boost awareness of environmental issues in Japan. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee said certain stages of the torch relay will use hydrogen, which emits no carbon dioxide when it is burned. It will also fuel the ceremonial Olympic Cauldron featuring in the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies. The organisers said in a statement: “Hydrogen will be used to power the torch on its journey through the prefectures of Fukushima and Aichi, as well as parts of Tokyo, with gas used in other stages of the relay. “During its preparations for the Games, Tokyo 2020 has consistently promoted energy conservation and the use of renewable energy with the aim of supporting the realisation of a carbon-neutral society.” About 500 hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles will also be used during the Olympics, which run from July 24 to August 9. Other initiatives to cut the environmental impact of the Games include beds made from recyclable cardboard in the athletes’ village, Olympic medals made from recycled consumer electronics and the torches themselves, formed of aluminium waste. The torch relay begins in Fukushima on March 26 and will visit all 47 of Japan’s prefectures ahead of the July 24 opening ceremony. Reuters/NAN.Tags: HydrogenOlympic torchTokyo 2020last_img read more

Spot-kick decisions irk Mourinho

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes a wrongly-awarded penalty in the 1-1 draw with Southampton denied his side an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League. The Blues are six points clear of second-placed Manchester City with a game in-hand, but for the second successive match against Southampton, Mourinho bemoaned decisions by the match officials. Mourinho was fined £25,000 for saying there was a “clear campaign” against his side after Cesc Fabregas was denied a penalty and booked for diving instead in the December 28 draw at St Mary’s. Press Association The Blues boss on Sunday was frustrated Nemanja Matic was penalised – allowing Dusan Tadic to score from the spot and cancel out Diego Costa’s first Premier League goal for almost two months – and Branislav Ivanovic was not awarded a spot kick at the other end. “I’m happy with the situation. I’m happy with the six-point lead, but I’m not happy with the result,” Mourinho said. “If you remember our two matches against Southampton: in one game, one penalty that is not a penalty and in another game a penalty that was not given. You are speaking about six points transformed into two points.” Mourinho was clearly upset with the penalty decisions, but bit his tongue on this occasion. He said: “My opinion is not important. Important is Mr Mike Dean (the referee). “His decision was a penalty and his decision was no penalty on Ivanovic.” Ivanovic may have been clipped by Tadic, but fell theatrically, dissuading Dean from pointing to the spot. Asked about the fall, Mourinho deferred to his media officer sitting alongside, saying: “You have to control me, if not…” Mourinho was told television pundit Graeme Souness – with whom he had a public exchange of views this week after the Scot criticised Chelsea’s conduct in the Champions League exit to Paris St Germain – thought Matic had conceded a penalty. “Graeme Souness says also that it’s more a reason to criticise a player who asks for a yellow card than a player who kicks somebody in the chest,” Mourinho added. “I went to Sky and they told me their pundits said it’s a penalty. I went to BBC and they told me it’s not a penalty. I went to the radios and they told me it’s not a penalty. “Pundits are paid to wear my suit, but I’m not paid to wear their suit or to comment on their comments. “If one day I become a pundit, I will wear a manager’s suit. I will win every game, because pundits win every game, and then I can be critical and I can be phenomenal like they are.” Matic was replaced by Ramires soon after a second-half foul on Sadio Mane which could have seen him booked for a second time and sent off for a second successive Premier League game. “When that penalty is given you have to believe that the second yellow card can come,” said Mourinho, who referred to Ramires’ sending off at Aston Villa last season. Mourinho was pleased with his players’ response to the European elimination on away goals to PSG as their grip on a first title in five years tightened after Manchester City lost at Burnley on Saturday and Chelsea drew on Sunday. “I’m happy with the players’ reaction,” he said. Mourinho feels third-placed Arsenal, who are seven points behind, are still in the title race, but does not know what to expect from the Gunners, who the Portuguese believes have an easier run-in than the Blues. “More teams are in the race,” Mourinho said. “For me, which momentum? 3-1 against Monaco or 3-0 against West Ham? It depends on the momentum. “If somebody tells me in August that at the end of March we are six points in front and one match in hand, I would sign immediately. No doubts.” Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was “very pleased” with his side’s display. “To get a good result against them you need luck, you need a great goalkeeper, you need great organisation in a team and we had that,” Koeman said. “(I am) proud of the team. That gives a very good feeling.” The Dutchman felt Saints – for whom Mane and goalkeeper Fraser Forster starred – deserved a spot kick, but refused to criticise Dean for not dismissing Matic early in the second half. “In my opinion it’s a penalty, yes,” Koeman added. “It’s difficult jobs for referees. (Matic on Mane) is a foul that maybe can be a yellow card and that means his second one. “It’s always difficult. I’m not supporting referees showing eight, nine, 10 yellow cards every game. “In my opinion the referee did a great job today.” last_img read more